Douglas in Ulston

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It has been noted that in the seventeenth century the lands
of the Barony were scattered among different purchasers, and
among others of these portions, were the family of Douglas,
still represented at the present day in the person of Mr John
Douglas. Other proprietors were James Haswell, James and
Margaret Eobson, William Kirtoune, but of these there are
now no descendants, the ground being now part of that belonging
to Lord Stratheden. In the valuation of 1643 the amount
placed against John Douglas and William Douglas is forty
pounds each. From a Precept of Clare Constat, dated 16th
March 1677, granted by Robert, Earl of Lothian, in favour of
Adam Douglas, portioner in Ulston, as nearest lawful heir to
his father, John Douglas, it looks as if this were the valuation
of 1| husband lands in Ulston, with pertinents and pendicles
mentioned in the deed. On the same date there was also a
Precept granted to William Douglas, as heir to his grandfather,
of 1| husband lands in Ulston, with pertinents and pendicles.
In the proposed valuation of 1788 the property appears in the
name of Robert Douglas. This portion of the barony was
known as Mount Ulston, extending to 104 acres, and ultimately
in 1845 became the property of Lord Stratheden. The furthest
back laird was William Douglas, to whom succeeded John
Douglas, followed by, in succession, Adam Douglas, Andrew
Douglas, Adam Douglas, Robert Douglas, Adam Douglas,
Robert Douglas, William Fair, James Henderson,* James
Hunter, Margaret Hunter, John Marshall, Henry Black, Honble.
William Frederick Campbell.

Robert Douglas, portioner in Ulston, in 1818 drew up his settlement, and, as it gives a statement of the property then in his possession, an excerpt may be given. " All and whole these my three cot-houses in the village of Ulston, with the yard at the .back thereof, and that yard in the village of Ulston conveyed and made over to me and my heirs in the contract of excambion entered into between my late brother Adam, his trustees and me, in relation thereto, and to my right and privilege of casting turf and divot thereby conveyed and made over to him and them as these subjects are particularly bounded and described in my infeftment, dated the thirteenth March 1790. The tenement and yard with the pertinents thereto belonging, situated in the Canongate Street of Jedburgh, bounded by the Convent, or Ladies Yards, on the south, the property belonging to the heirs of John Boyd on the east, the tenement and yard belonging to the heirs of Robert Renwick on the west, and the King's High Street on the north.
To John Douglas, smith in Jedburgh, my second son, his heirs and assignees whomsoever, all and whole these my tenements of houses at the Town foot of Jedburgh, with the smith's shop and yard thereto belonging, called Pleasants, purchased and acquired by me from Walter Riddell, writer in Jedburgh, conform to disposition in my favour dated 14th September 1802, and bounded by the water of Jed on the east, the Skiprunning burn on the north, the King's High Street and property of Wm. Dryden, skinner, on the west and south parts together."


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